TOEFL Study Material
- July 3, 2017
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Did you grow up speaking a language other than English? Do you want to attend college in a country where English is the primary language spoken? If so, then you will need to prepare for and take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) to gain admittance to the school of your choice. In order to do that, you will need to get some TOEFL study material.
The TOEFL is designed to help foreign students prepare for the challenge of attending and English-speaking college or university. Doing course work at a college level is a challenge for every student. When you add the difficulty of completing such course work in a language that isn’t your first language, then preparation is particularly important.
The good news is that finding quality TOEFL study material is relatively easy. Here, we’ll talk about some of the best online and offline resources to find the material you need to prepare for the TOEFL.
But before we do, you should know that the most important thing you can do in preparing for the TOEFL exam is to carefully go through all the key articles in the menu bar at the top of this website. That is the most important thing for you to know at this point.
Online Resources for TOEFL Study Material
Let’s start by talking about some online resources for TOEFL study material. There are two versions of the TOEFL. One is a paper test, and the other is internet based. The internet-based test is known as the TOEFL IBT.
Most students these days take the TOEFL IBT, which involves going to a test center and answering questions on a computer. The spoken parts of the test are recorded and reviewed and scored by an instructor at another time. In the event you take the traditional written test, the spoken portions of the test will be administered in person.
ETS is the non-profit company that designs and administers the TOEFL. As such, their website is one of the best resources for TOEFL study material. You can find an assortment of free preparation materials to help you get ready for the rest, as well as paid materials.
The free material includes:
- A TOEFL study prep guide, which includes an eight-week study schedule, guides for each part of the test, sample test questions, and a scoring guide.
- Access to all past test questions and sample answers for some of them.
- Online study guides and other test prep material
The paid TOEFL study material available includes:
- TOEFL online speaking guide, that uses ETS software to score your spoken responses and help improve your accent and pronunciation
- TOEFL books that include full practice exams and guidance to help you prepare for each part of the test
NoteFull is an online TOEFL course with detailed video lessons from experienced teachers. You will gain valuable tips and test taking strategies from people that know what it takes to pass the exam.
NoteFull is one of the top providers of TOEFL practice tests, tutoring, and online courses. It is a very popular choice for many TOEFL students. The Notefull team focuses a lot on teaching their students different tactics and strategies that can help you in the TOEFL exam. Also, the teachers at Notefull only specialize in TOEFL, and therefore, have extensive knowledge of the TOEFL test.
They give you very actionable tips that’ll help you score better in the exam.
This course is especially recommended for those students who want to improve themselves in a certain area. Let’s say your score for the reading, listening, and writing section is very good, but you want to improve your speaking skills; Notefull allows you to purchase different packages for any particular section of the TOEFL exam, which is ideal for some students.
Click here to check out Notefull’s free course.
Magoosh has a fairly comprehensive TOEFL preparation course that runs on a subscription basis. One of the things we like about this site is that subscribing even for a short time gives students access to more than 100 TOEFL test preparation videos.
In addition to instructional videos, there are also explainer videos that break down sample responses to test questions. These guides are particularly valuable because they help students understand what the people scoring the tests expect from a high-scoring response.
Magoosh’s subscription options run from a few weeks all the way up to six months.
Learn4Good has a good selection of online TOEFL study material, including:
- Eleven 25-question mini-exams for you to use as practice and to familiarize yourself with the test format
- Online English grammar guides
- Vocabulary lists, including lists of common prefixes and suffixes to help you with contextual reading
- Resources in Spanish, Italian, French, German, and Portuguese
Much of the material on this site is free, making it a good choice if you’re looking for TOEFL study material to supplement material that you’ve already paid for. Keep in mind that you can also visit Amazon to find eBooks and printed books to help you prepare for the TOEFL.
You may prefer to have a book or other written course materials in addition to the online materials listed above. Here are some places to try:
- Your local library may have a selection of TOEFL preparation guides that include sample questions and even full tests.
- The same goes for your local book store. Look in the reference section or in the English-language section to find what you need.
- Local colleges and universities may offer resources to their students, and some may be available for non-students, too.
- If your town or city has a continuing education center where adults can take classes at night, you may be able to get your hands on practice tests and other study material there.
- Any printed material in English may be viewed as test preparation materials. If you can find English-language textbooks, newspapers, academic publications, and magazines, you can use them as additional practice material for the reading comprehension and writing sections of the text.
Whether you find your TOEFL study material online or offline, the key is to work out a schedule to help you prepare. The more time you spend in preparation, the more likely it is that you will achieve your desired score and get into the college of your choice.
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